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Huckleberries: St. Paddy’s tie recalls S&H Green Stamps

She avoided the term “whippersnapper” because KXLY’s Kris Crocker is too gracious for that. But she did provide context for colleague Casey Lund when he wore an S&H Green Stamps tie at work on St. Patrick’s Day. Huckleberries Thursday launches with a trip down memory lane with Green Stamps.

Huckleberries: Hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene? Don’t hold your breath

Twenty-seven years ago today, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce thought it was a good idea to bring back hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d’Alene. Some thought at the time that the chamber was running interference for resort owner Duane Hagadone, who had tried to restore the controversial races to the lake. But there has only been one weekend of races since, in 2013. And there’s none planned for this year either.

If you want spring, bub, send a tweet to the Groundhog

Seems Huckleberries got the wrong impression that winter was coming to an end after reading tweets and Facebook posts by chief meteorologist Kris Crocker/KXLY. In one tweet, Kris said she was taking down her Christmas tree. Finally. In another, she said she was practicing her golf swing. But neither means that winter’s almost over. In fact, we’re only halfway though, says Kris. In other words, we’re left to the mercy of the groundhog.

Huckleberries: Pro wrestler saves woman’s Nativity scene

When you can't find the type of angel you want – a beautiful male with blond locks – you have to improvise, especially if you're digging through dolls at Coeur d'Alene thrift stores. Pat Kuhns finally found the right model to finish her home Nativity scene. But she had to turn to professional wrestler Chris Jericho for inspiration.

Landers: Camping is an educational event worth the misery

Veteran KXLY TV meteorologist Kris Crocker came out of the tent this week with a confession: “This is the summer I stop pretending to love camping,” she posted on her Facebook page in a moment of impressive courage and honesty. As I gasped for breath, I thought this must be a cry for help. It’s as though an Inland Northwest icon woke up realizing she needs treatment for an aversion to huckleberries. I was gearing up for an intervention until Crocker’s fans rallied with an outpouring of support. Apparently a lot of Spokane folks are irreversibly and shamelessly attached to hotels and hot showers.

Rich Landers says camping is an educational event worth the misery

Veteran KXLY TV meteorologist Kris Crocker came out of the tent this week with a confession: “This is the summer I stop pretending to love camping,” she posted on her Facebook page in a moment of impressive courage and honesty. As I gasped for breath, I thought this must be a cry for help. It’s as though an Inland Northwest icon woke up realizing she needs treatment for an aversion to huckleberries.

Huckleberries: Nonini-Whalen campaign trail hits nasty patch

That Facebook post by state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, didn’t stay up long – you know, the one in which he blasted opponent Pat Whalen for picking on Nonini’s wife, Cathyanne. It read: “My opponent took a cheap shot at my wife (Thursday night) at the NIC Candidate Forum – what type of person attacks a wife? Not a reputable or credible person.” At the forum, Whalen raised the fact that he had received a DUI in 2006, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. That was a shocker. So was his subsequent comment that Cathyanne Nonini was trying to use the old DUI conviction to get Whalen dumped as chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County.

Huckleberries: Ex-Mayor Steve Judy’s dilemma recast in ‘Coeur d’Alene’ play

The play “Coeur d’Alene” by Arizonan Lisa Jayne is based on events in the Lake City in 1998 when Steve Judy was a 27-year-old mayor. It focuses on Judy’s handling of a request from the Aryan Nations to stage a parade in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The names have changed. But you can recognize some of the characters. “Thomas Metzler” is former Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler. “Danny White” is human-rights activist Tony Stewart. Judy and his wife, Michelle, are identified under their own names.